Archaeology and Biological Anthropology

Archaeology is the study of the human past through material remains.  The Department of Sociology and Anthropology has an active program of archaeological fieldwork, museum-based research, and undergraduate education, with a focus on the Pre-Columbian and history eras of the New World.   Facilities include a small archaeology/biological anthropology lab that serves as a base for faculty and student research projects.  We also host the George Mason Symposia on Archaeology, an annual one-day event designed to bring current archaeological research on important social topics to a broad audience.  Our students have attended field schools and volunteered on archaeological projects throughout the United States and abroad; many have gone on to graduate school as well as careers in public archaeology.

Full-time Faculty

Haagen Klaus

Research interests: Bioarchaeology, paleopathology, dental anthropology, mortuary analysis -- Forensic anthropology and forensic taphonomy -- Prehistoric and Historic Andean South America; organization of complex societies -- Health, violence, identity, and ethnogenesis -- Theory and methods in bioarchaeology.

Nawa Sugiyama

Research interests: Zooarchaeology, Isotope bone chemistry, Mesoamerica, Teotihuacan

Daniel Temple

Research interests: Developmental stress, life history, evolutionary morphology, skeletal and dental biology, evolutionary theory, hunter-gatherers. 

Part-time/Visiting Faculty

Lori Lee 

Research interests: historical archaeology, US/Carribean, the African diaspora, landscape, migration, the materiality of memory and identity, particularly as it relates to race and gender

AJ Vonarx

Research interests: the development of creative techniques for analysis, dating, interpretation of architecture in Mesoamerica and the Southwestern United States, the study of technological innovation, experimental archaeology, pyrotechnologies, geochemical sourcing of artifacts 


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